How Black literature changed Britain

Monday, 8 Nov 2021, 8pm

A livestreamed event celebrating Black British literature, by The Guardian Live.

“To mark Black History Month, the British Library has created a new timeline that explores the rich history of Black British literature through around 50 key texts. From Olaudah Equiano’s powerful account of his enslavement in the Americas to Andrea Levy’s story of the Windrush generation, Small Island, from 18th century poet Phyllis Wheatley to Michaela Coel’s Chewing Gum Dreams, these books include celebrated contemporary stories and many overlooked classics.”

Guardian journalist Joseph Harker will chair a panel of speakers, including:

  • Benjamin Zephaniah, writer and dub poet;
  • Margaret Busby, pioneering publisher; and
  • Deirdre Osborne, reader in English Literature and Drama at Goldsmiths.

“Join them as they discuss the groundbreaking authors writing today, and explore the rich Black literary tradition that precedes them – and its impact on our culture.”

Information and booking.

This event is produced in partnership with The British Library. Find out more about the Black literature timeline here.

Running time: 60 minutes. Cost is “Pay what you can“, £5, £10 or £15. Book in advance. No refunds.

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